Last week, USAToday published a pretty t…

Last week, USAToday published a pretty typical piece titled “Medevac industry opposing upgrades wanted by NTSB” about, predictably, the NTSB wanting to require a number of new safety measures on medevac helicopters to make them less likely to crash and burn.

Now, it’s not clear whether the NTSB is pushing for these under the guise of a “recent surge in deaths”, or if that’s the paper editorializing. However, the paper tips its hand by printing the annual fatality statistics, which really belonged as a graph:

And the highest peak there? A whopping 28 deaths in a single year. Now, I’m not saying that any death is worth ignoring, but do we really have nothing better to be paying attention to than a spike in a historically highly-erratic statistic?

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